Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette Leitchfield City Councilmembers Margie Decker, left, and Margaret Fey, right, pose for a photo with new Leitchfield Parks and Recreation Director Tammee Saltsman.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette

Leitchfield City Councilmembers Margie Decker, left, and Margaret Fey, right, pose for a photo with new Leitchfield Parks and Recreation Director Tammee Saltsman.

The city of Leitchfield has named its new Parks and Recreation Director.

Interim Parks and Recreation Director Tammee Saltsman will now permanently take over the position following an announcement made during Monday's Leitchfield City Council meeting. Saltsman, who is taking over the position of resigning Director Greg Hudson, looks to continue to highlight Leitchfield's parks and recreational opportunities, as well as see them grow.

"I am humbled and honored to be given the position as Parks and Rec Director," said Saltsman. "We have some amazing parks in our community. My goal is to get the community more involved and enjoy what we have to offer."

Saltsman said she hopes to take advantage of the walking trails at James D. Beville Park and the Firefighter's Memorial Park by incorporating walking clubs at them. She also would also like to offer day camps over the summer for local children to give them more options to be outdoors.

Saltsman cited Leitchfield Aquatic Center as another great way to bring families together during the summer, as well as the ball fields.

"Both softball and baseball programs have some pretty amazing people who have dedicated their time to make the programs a success," said Saltsman. "I am very excited to get started on bringing the community together. Let’s not forget the Veteran’s Memorial Park - such a wonderful way to honor the men and women of our community who have served in the armed forces."

Saltsman also noted the success of the inaugural Battle of the Corporate Cup, hosted by Parks and Recreation in October.

"Everyone involved seemed to have had a great time and plans to come back next year to compete," she said.

A transplant to the community, Tammee Saltsman grew up in a small town in Michigan but moved to Grayson County in 2009 with her husband of 35 years, Robert Saltsman, a native of Grayson County.

"I fell in love with the community the first time I visited," she said.

The Saltsmans have three children. Their oldest daughter, Sashelle Merrill, lives in Michigan with her husband and two children. Their second daughter, Addina Tritle, lives in Louisville with her husband and is the Director of Operations for the University of Louisville women’s rowing team. Their youngest child, Spencer Saltsman, is a senior at Grayson County High School and plays on the football team.

Since moving to Grayson County, Tammee Saltsman has taken an active role in her community, becoming involved with football programs, from Junior Pro. to the high school level. She served as the football booster president at the middle school for two years and has served in the same role at the high school for the last four years.

While living in Michigan she was also involved with the Junior Pro. football program, coached cheer for six years, and served in a variety of administrative roles.

"I feel that the several years of volunteer work has prepared me for this position," said Tammee Saltsman. "I am compassionate about being part of making Leitchfield Parks and Recreation a success. The Parks and Recreation Department is fairly new to Leitchfield, so there is a lot of learning and growing that we can do."

Recently, she has also spoken with directors from Owensboro, Kentucky and Georgetown, Kentucky to get their insights on how they have made their programs a success.

"I believe we are on the right track," she said.

In other business:

*The City Council heard and approved the second and final reading of its bond ordinance to finance the purchase and renovation of the former Rite Aid building on South Main Street into a new city hall and police station, as well as the second and final reading of an ordinance rezoning a property at the intersection of Wallace Avenue, William Thomason Byway, and Bobby Bland Way from a P-I (Public/Institutional) to a C-1 (Highway Commercial).